Free events to take place across UK for National Coding Week

Week-long event aims to encourage adults to learn a new digital skill

Today marks the start of National Coding Week, which sees free events planned across Britain to teach computer code writing skills and inform about the impact coding has in an increasingly digital world.

Adults with little or no experience are encouraged to take part in the week-long event, with technology organisations from around the country supporting the campaign to plug the growing digital skills gap including Decoded, Women Who Code, Codeclan, SpacePortX, Skym Microsoft and Future Insights.

Amongst the free events taking place this week are Build your first game, hosted by the Iron Yard in London; programming with Raspberry Pi, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University and coding for adults – a beginner’s guide, hosted by Wea Cymru, Chepstow library in Cardiff.

Wales alone is playing host to 22 different events, with most major cities and even Jersey and the Isle of Man taking part. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is supporting the event for the second year running, with telecommunications firm JT Group Global as sponsors.

Johnson commented: “Coding is a language that is increasingly important for both young people and adults to understand, but it can be an intimidating prospect.

“National Coding Week will help to make whole generations of Brits more comfortable with coding, allowing them to embrace the business opportunities of the future.”

Richard Rolfe, co-founder of National Coding Week, said: “The key aims of National Coding Week are to encourage adults of any age to learn an element of computer coding to encourage digital experts to share their skills, and to collaborate, share, learn and have fun! If I can learn to code at age 51 then anyone can.”

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